f3 puts major emphasis on dissemination of results and findings. Find the latest reports, newsletters and other publications from f3 and the collaborative research program Renewable transportation fuels and systems (Förnybara drivmedel och system), as well as information on calendar events, here.

Posted: 2018-02-05 17:17
Category: Reports

Replacing fossil fuels with sustainable fuel from biomass requires both innovative technological solutions and a feedstock that does not put too much strain on food production and land use. Hy­drothermal liquefaction is a technology for producing biofuels that has been gathering increasing interest, and by using seaweed (macroalgae) as a feedstock it is a promising option that fulfils both previously mentioned criteria. Using macroalgae has the added benefit of remediating eutrophic coastal waters since the macroalgae during marine cultivation absorb some of the excess nutrients, e.g. phosphorus (P), from the surroundings.


Posted: 2018-02-02 17:12
Category: Reports

Compared to combustion in a recovery boiler, gasification of black liquor with downstream synthesis to biofuels in Kraft pulp mills shows ad­vantages regarding energy efficiency and economic performance. The good performance is partly due to the strong catalytic effect of the black liquor that enhances gasification reactions. Experimental research has shown that the reactivity can be kept even if the black liquor is significantly diluted with a secondary feedstock. Therefore, as a way to increase the operation flexibility as well as the biofuel production capacity of a mill integrated gasifier, a secondary biomass feedstock could be blended into the black liquor and co-gasified....

Posted: 2018-01-29 12:33
Category: Reports

A potential future production route for renewable transportation fuels is to produce bio-oil from forest raw ma­terial through i.e. fast pyrolysis, and then upgrade it to a transportation fuel at an existing refin­ery. The oxygen content of the produced bio-oil determines the hydrogen demand to meet the required oxygen level from a refinery perspective, and for use in engines. This in turn significantly affects the cost and the associated CO2 emissions from production of the transportation fuel, as it to a large extent is a result of the used raw material and production route for hydrogen.

A recently finished project within the f3 and Swedish Energy Agency...

Posted: 2018-01-18 10:49
Category: News

In order for Sweden to reach its goal of a fossil free transport sector by the year 2030, the forecast demand for biofuels is 20 TWh. In a newly finished study within the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 collaborative research program Renewable transportation fuels and systems (Förnybara drivmedel och system) it was investigated whether and how this demand can be met by biofuels produced from domestic feedstock. The scope was narrowed to biomass that does not cause land use change effects, since the European Commission has communicated that use of biofuels based on feedstock which could be used instead for food or feed will not be...

Posted: 2018-01-17 11:42
Category: Reports

During the fall of 2016, a project carried out within the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 collaborative reserarch program Renewable transportation fuels and systems (Förnybara drivmedel och system) was finished and results were presented in a summary, in order to allow for a manuscript for a scientific publication to undergo peer review. The project is titled Biofuels and ecosystem services and has been performed by participants from IVL, SLU and Stocksholm University, with Karin Hansen (IVL) as project leader.

We are happy to announce that a full report is now finally available...

Posted: 2018-01-10 15:35
Category: Reports

In a new report written for f3 by Per Hanarp and Mia Romare, Volvo Group, a life cycle assessment (LCA) of a distribution truck for urban applications, with either a diesel or otto engine using different fossil and bio-based fuels is presented. Impact of electrification is also briefly discussed.

The impact assessment is carried out with both CO2-eq emissions and envi­ronmental damage cost assessment (using the Environmental Priority Strategy methodology, EPS), to provide impact on different perspectives and times when it comes to sustainability evaluation. This somewhat broader perspective, compared to conventional well-to-wheel (WTW) analyses, can give better...

Posted: 2018-01-09 15:22
Category: News

A high implementation rate of additional iLUC-free (indirect Land Use Change) feedstock for biofuel production is needed to realize biofuel targets. This is the general conclusion of a newly published article from the project Biofuels from biomass from agricultural land - land use change from a Swedish perspective,carried out within the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 centre collaborative research program Renewable transportation fuels and systems (Förnybara drivmedel och system).

The article...

Posted: 2017-12-22 14:27
Category: News

Just in time for Christmas, we are happy to announce that the new manager for f3 will be Ingrid Nohlgren. She comes from a position as deputy manager at WSP and will start the assignment for f3 on 29 January 2018. A longer presentation of Ingrid will follow.

Posted: 2017-12-18 17:54
Category: Reports

In the year 2017, the Swedish government proposed to introduce a reduction obligation for transportation fuel distributors. This would imply an obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil petrol and diesel through a gradual increased share of biofuels. The aim is to create improved conditions for phasing out fossil fuels through an increased proportion of biofuels with good greenhouse gas performance in a lifecycle perspective. The reduction obligation also means that not only production cost determine the overall economic performance of a biofuel production route, but also the greenhouse gas emissions. This is because biofuels with low greenhouse gas emissions can be...

Posted: 2017-11-21 17:37
Category: News

In May, a list was put together by the f3 office, concluding links to scientific articles published in projects within f3 and the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 collaborative research program Renewable transportation fuels and systems (samverkansprogrammet Förnybara drivmedel och system) since 2011. The list has now been updated with several more publications and can be accessed here.

The list includes the 38 publications that are known to the f3 centre office and...